male cardinals

The Capricorn Male

If a man behaves in a way typical of the personality associated with the zodiac sign of Capricorn, he will have a tendency toward the characteristics listed below, unless there are influences in his personal birthchart that are stronger than that of his Capricorn sun sign.

Appearance
The typical Capricorn man:
* is stocky
* has sharp, penetrating eyes
* rarely smiles
* has very strong white teeth
* is conscious of his appearance
* dislikes removing his clothes in public – for example, he will still be wearing a shirt during a heatwave when other men are bare-chested

Behavior and Personality Traits
* is dignified in his manner and very polite
* seems unapproachable and self-protective
* is totally reliable in pursuit of an aim
* takes his time sizing up other people before he will relax enough to share his inner warmth
* seeks honor but is not interested in becoming famous; on the contrary, he avoids publicity
* has strong opinions but is not at all vain

The Libra Male

If a man behaves in a way typical of the personality associated with the zodiac sign of Libra, he will have a tendency toward the characteristics listed below, unless there are influences in his personal birthchart that are stronger than that of his Libra sun sign.

Appearance
The typical Libra man:
* is usually handsome, but is never ugly
* has a fine bone structure and balanced features
* has a clear and very charming voice
* dresses with discrimination in subtle colors
* is usually graceful and athletic
* likes to check his appearance in mirrors or as he passes a store window

Behavior and Personality Traits
* wants to make a visual impression that is appropriate to the task at hand, whether it be an international conference, a romantic assignation, or a day on the beach
* gives advice freely
* is interested in the opposite sex, at all ages
* is a master in the art of romance
* is very trustworthy
* can be fickle and change his mind often
* is interested in the facts of a situation so that he can come to a balanced decision
* enjoys art and needs harmony
* can be lavish with money, spending it on things that will bring happiness
* has financial abilities

The Cancer Male

If a man behaves in a way typical of the personality associated with the zodiac sign of Cancer, he will have a tendency toward the characteristics listed below, unless there are influences in his personal birthchart that are stronger than that of his Cancer sun sign.

Appearance
The typical Cancer man:
* has a fairly bony structure
* may have remarkable teeth, perhaps prominent, irregular, or in some way unusual
* if crab-faced, he will have a prominent lower jaw
* may have broad shoulders
* even if slim, may appear broad or plump
* may be plump or tend to put on weight very easily

Behavior and Personality Traits
* is extremely sensitive
* wears clothes with a conservative cut
* does not like to be conspicuous
* has some favorite old casual clothes which he always wears; he would be very cranky if anyone threw out his precious old sweater
* does not push himself into the limelight
* enjoys the limelight if it turns on him for awhile
* dislikes discussing his personal life
* loves security, money, food, and children
* uses roundabout tactics to get what he wants
* has an uncanny business sense
* is usually very attached to his mother

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Fire Color, with a Hooked Beak: The Northern Cardinal

While most know the fire-engine red colors of the male cardinal found throughout most of North America, the Pyrrhuloxia sinuatus (also known as the Desert Cardinal) is no less dramatically colored. Pictured above are a female (on the right, eating a raisin at a feeder) and a male (left, peeking out of a thornbush). The family of cardinals is named for the Northern Cardinal’s bright red plumage that resembles the red robes of the ecclesiastical cardinal.

The pyrrhuloxia however, takes its name from the Ancient Greek word pyrrhos, meaning orange-red from the word for fire, due to its dramatic fire-like plumage. The Ancient Greek word loxos describes the birds other defining feature. Meaning oblique, the pyrrhuloxia has a hooked beak somewhat like a parrot. Also known as the Desert Cardinal, the pyrrhuloxia is found throughout the American Southwest and Northern Mexico.

Images of pyrrhuloxia by J.N. Stuart, used with permission under a Creative Commons 3.0 license.

Northern Cardinal (male) ~ Rotkardinal (Hahn) ~ Cardinalis cardinalis

Looking like a giant Finch (but “dressed” in bright red plumage ~ a color you don’t find in any bird in Germany) male Cardinals (and their females are real beauties as well!) never cease to fascinate me. As you can see above, the punk crest can be “folded back” if necessary. 

Florida, USA

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